Members of the UFC roster have reason to worry when prospects score big on Dana White's Contender Series.
Contender Series is currently in its fourth season and after three events, a total of 12 fighters have been signed by the UFC. One thing UFC President Dana White says when the promotion signs Contender Series fighters, it means other fighters in the UFC will lose their jobs.
“Yeah, no. It’s all a numbers game,” White said during a media scrub after Dana White’s Contender Series Episode 29 (via Zane Simon of Bloody Elbow). “I mean, we have to give everybody three fights a year. So, you can only have so many people under contract. Yeah. This is the fourth season, we’ve done four seasons of this show. I mean, this is how it works. It’s been like this for 20 years. Every once in awhile, you’ll see a huge cut. We’ll go through and, you know, there’ll be 14-15 guys cut in a week. Stuff like that. That’s just the nature of the beast.”
Bethe Correia, Evan Dunham, Max Rohskopf, Roman Bogatov, Ray Borg, and Eric Spicely have been released over the last few weeks. It is unknown how many of those cuts were in direct correlation with the Contender Series season four signings.